I Am Belfast sees celebrated filmmaker, writer and curator Mark Cousins (The Story of Film: An Odyssey, A Story of Children and Film, Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise) cast his painterly eye on his hometown, the port city of Belfast.
After its recent cinema opening, I Am Belfast will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in a Dual Format Edition by the BFI on 20 June 2016. Special features include a making-of documentary and interviews with Mark Cousins, actress Helena Bereen and renowned cinematographer Christopher Doyle.
Beautifully shot by Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love, Rabbit-Proof Fence) and with a powerful soundtrack by the great Northern Irish musician and composer David Holmes (Ocean’s Eleven, ’71, Hunger), Cousins’ film takes viewers on an emotional journey through the complex and sometimes tragic history of the Northern Irish capital, which is embodied as a 10,000-year-old woman, compellingly portrayed by Helena Bereen (Hunger, Mo).
Interspersing archive material (often detailing the horrors of the Troubles) with newly filmed footage, I Am Belfast is an impassioned and politically engaged love-letter to Cousins’ hometown.
- The Making of I Am Belfast (Timo Langer, 2015, 14 mins)
- A Conversation with Mark Cousins (2015, 14 mins)
- A Conversation with Helena Bereen (2015, 11 mins)
- A Conversation with Christopher Doyle (2015, 10 mins)
- I Am Belfast: A Cinematic Walk with Mark Cousins (Takeover Film, 2016, 18 mins)
- Original trailer
- Illustrated booklet with new writing by Mark Cousins and Ian Christie, and full film credits